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60                                          KRISHNA AT
fallen into the hands of Jarasandha? who forthwith destroyed all the palaces
and temples and every memento of the former dynasty, and erected new build-
ings in their place as monuments of his own conquest*
Thenceforth Krishna reigned with great glory at Dwaraka ; and not many
days had elapsed when, fired with the report of the matchless beauty of the
princess Rijkmini, daughter of Bhishmak, king of Kundina in the country
of Vidarbba, lie broke in upon the marriage feast, and carried her off before
the very eyes of her betrothed, the Chanderi king Sisupal.f After this he
contracted many other splendid alliances, even to the number of sixteen thou-
sand and one hundred, and became the father of a hundred and eighty thou-
sand sons.J In. the Great War he took up arms \vith his five cousins, the
Pandav princes,, to terminate the tyranny of Duryodhan; and accompanied
by Bhima and Arjuaa, Invaded Magadha, and taking Jarasandha by surprise?
put him to death and burnt his capital : and many other noble achievements
did he perform, which are written In the chronicles of Dwaraka ; bat Mathura
saw him no more, and the legends of Slathara are ended.
To many per-sons It will appear profane to institute a comparison between
the Inspired oracles of Christianity and the fictions of Hinduism.    But if we
Sited in the rains by the drainage of the neighbourhood and fed throughout the year by a num-
ber of springs, which have their gotiree ia the surrounding sand-stone hills. The local legend
is that RftjaMacliktt&d, after a long and holy life, desired to find rest in death. The gods de-
nied his prayer, but allowed him to repose for centuries in sleep and decree 1 that any one who
disturbed Mm should be coniiimed by fire. Krishna, in his flight from Kala-yavana, chanced
to pass the place where the Raja slept and, -without disturbing him threw a cloth over hia face
and concealed himself close by; Soon after arrived Kala-yavaua, who, concluding that the
aleeper -was the enemy he sought, rudely awoke him and was instantly consumed. After this
Krishna remained with tte Baji for some days and finding that no water vas to be had nearer
than the Chamba!s he stamped his foot and so caused a depression in the rock, which immedi-
ately filled with water and now forma the lake.
* As Magadha became the great centre of Buddhism, and indeed derives Its latter name
of Bih&r from the numerous Vibaras9 or Bnddhiss monasteries,, which it contained, its king Ja-
risandha and hit aon-is-law Kansa hare been described by the orthodox writers of the Mahi-
bhorat and Sri Bhagavat with all the animus they felt against the professers of that religion,
though in reality it had not come Into existence till BO ne 400 years after Jarasandha*s death.
Tims the narratiTe of Krishna's retreat to Dwaraki and the subsequent demolition of Hindu
Mathur% besides Its primary signification, represents also in mythological language the great
historical fact, attested by the notices of contemporary travellers and the results of recent an-
ticpuuriaiL research, that fora time Brahmanlsm was almost eradicated from Central India and
Boddhum established aź the national religion.
f Sisopil wa« first cousin to Krishna? his mother, Sratadeva, being Vasudera's sjster.
$ These extmTagwit numbers are merely iateaded to indicate the wide diffusion and pt^ez
of the great JMavs (vulgarly Jidon) clan.